Have you heard of the Whole30 yet? It is amazing. I try not to be “that girl” that won’t shut up about what she ate that day (except on snapchat… GUILTY!) but I am just so in love with the results I’ve had on the Whole 30 that I REFUSE TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT IT.
Basically, it is a 30 day reset clearing out dairy, legumes, grains, and sugar from your diet. No treats, no “pseudo-treats” or “paleo pancakes.” Real. Whole. Food.
To have a successful Whole 30 you need a few things (post coming about that later!) but one CRUCIAL thing you have got to have is YUMMY RECIPES! I’ve put together a list of my favorites that I’ve found across the world wide web.
1. Coconut Cream Pie Larabars
These are SO good. My favorite flavor of Larabars and for some reason are hard to find! Plus they work out to be cheaper than buying the Larabars themselves. Just be careful with these: they are addicting and an easy to grab snack, and while they are choc full of healthy fats and fiber, they don’t have much protein to them.
I make these in my Vitamix because I don’t have a food processor and it works great.
2. Italian Crispy Chicken Thighs
These are SUPER easy and quick and remind me of my childhood, with their crispy outer skin reminiscent of springs days having KFC picnics in the park… (but these are better and better FOR you!) Pair these thighs with a hearty vegetable dish and voila!
3. Homemade Mayo
Complaint, homemade Mayo is a staple to a successful Whole30, in my humble opinion. Pair it with tuna or chicken and you’ve got your healthy protein and fats covered, or mix it with Cholula sauce for a little kick to dollop on your eggs. The method for making it can be a little tricky, but If at first you don’t succeed, mix in some spices and turn it into a salad dressing.
4. Thai Turkey Meatballs
These are great for when you want a creamy dish, AND I love making a big batch of these to have for lunch or pre/post workout snacks. The coconut milk sauce is heavenly. Just ditch the fish sauce or check the ingredients because they typically have added sugar.
5. Egg Roll in a Bowl
This is a quick and YUMMY dish. The recipe doesn’t include anything about a protein, but I’ve added ground beef and ground turkey to it. I prefer the ground turkey because it has less fat and felt a little lighter (since the veggies are already slathered in oil), but I am sure chicken would be yummy too! (Just be careful because apparently cabbage gives you gas! Not saying how I know that…)
6. Paleo Breakfast Muffins
These are my go to for a quick pre/post workout snack. Packed full of protein and easy to pop in the microwave before I head to the gym in the mornings, these are also great for cleaning out the fridge and throwing whatever veggies in that I have. I love to add grated sweet potatoes and red bell peppers!
7. Paleo Chik-Fil-A Nuggets
These are da-vine but they come with a warning: these have HIGH POTENTIAL to be food with no breaks! Obviously if you’ve had Chik-Fil-A’s nuggets you already know this. I like to toss these on a salad for protein and that removes the desire to eat them all like popcorn. That being said, the recipe calls for pickle juice which is mind blowing.
8. Meat and Veggie Chilli
I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS DISH. It’s so hearty, warm, and comforting without the negative effects of a bean based chili. It makes a large batch, so it’s perfect to make for dinner on a Monday and keep the leftovers around for lunches for the rest of the week. It’s also slow cooker friendly which is a big plus in my books.
9. Tuna Salad
My most recent round of Whole 30 I was eating tuna probably 3 times a week. This recipe calls for cashew pieces but I only had slivered almonds so I used those, and it was divine. I love this on a bed of greens with some balsamic vinegar drizzled over, AND if you make a huge bowl in advance (like this recipe calls for) you can throw together a lunch in less than 5 minutes.
10. Sweet Potato Breakfast Stacks + Hollandaise
I. Love. Sweet Potatoes. And Whole 30 Mayo. And compliant chicken sausages. And this recipe has all 3. Easy to whip up or prep ahead of time and good for any time of day, this meal is one of my go to’s for when I’m in a rush or don’t feel like doing a lot of cooking. (And there’s that Whole 30 mayo being the star of the show! This time in Hollandaise sauce form.)
So there you go! Just a few of the recipes that got me through the Whole 30 and that are still a staple in life after Whole 30! Test them out and let me know what you think!